The year ahead – my 2019 travel plans

After a slightly calmer than usual year of travelling in 2018, my 2019 resolution is to explore more – whether that’s a new country or city, doing a day trip in the UK or simply spending a few hours getting to know a new area of London.

I’m starting this year at the YOLO end of the ‘millennial attitudes to life‘ scale, and want to make the most of it before I inevitably flip back to the “oh my god, I need to save money to buy a house/move abroad/have a pension/be more adult” end of it. And, it’s also the year of * whispers * Brexit, so let’s face it – if not now, then when?

It’s already shaping up to be a good year of exploring, with several old favourites already booked. In a couple of weeks I’m off to Nice with my family in search of a little sunshine and some good bread. February will then take me to Cork again for a solid weekend of food, dogs and countryside, followed by a birthday trip to show my oldest school friends around Lisbon (and to see if I can find my heart where I left it).

March is looking like a perfect candidate for a last minute weekend away (any takers?), then April sees me making the most of this year’s Easter and May bank holidays annual leave hack (18 days off with 9 days annual leave!) to head to Vietnam. I’ll be doing yet another Contiki trip (I really am their biggest fan), and will be reuniting with a friend (or two) from my Peru trip. We might even sneak in a quick hop over to Cambodia while we’re there…

The rest of the year is as yet unplanned, but there are some whispers of a trip to New York for a friend’s 30th birthday (my first potential trip the US!) and various other short-haul weekends.

I’m a big fan of a list, so here’s the rest of my current 2019 and beyond exploring wishlist (I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I only have 30 days of leave, so I won’t be able to see everywhere…) – let’s see where I manage to get to!

London – 

  • Go to Columbia Road flower market
  • Visit Richmond park
  • Get a National Art Pass and see more art in London
  • Visit the Barbican
  • Swim in the Hampstead Heath ponds
  • Go to a concert at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Go to see a ballet at the Royal Opera House
  • Visit the Design Museum

UK day/overnight trips –

  • Whitstable
  • Brighton
  • York
  • Liverpool
  • Weekends in the New Forest
  • Go to the Edinburgh Fringe
  • Jersey

Long weekends in Europe (and beyond) – 

  • Budapest
  • Iceland
  • Tel Aviv
  • Valencia
  • Athens
  • Slovenia
  • Naples
  • Madrid
  • San Sebastián 
  • Montenegro

Long-haul –

  • Sri Lanka
  • India
  • Japan

Anyone got any tips or recommendations for anywhere on my list?

TWTB x


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